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Montmorency County First - The World Afterward ..................... MIXED ADC 150 808 03-15-10 101P 41T SMALL TOWN PAPERS **C005 217 W COTA ST ~ / SHELTON WA 98584-2263 " ~-' L... I".i,l,ih,iil.vqtHidl..Ih,q,q,i..d,Nhlql.li I i Volume 125, Number 3 she Keep the Wheels Rolling campaign to raise funds Recent events within our state and federal government have af- fected the funds re- ceived by the Mont- morency County Co- mmission on Aging and the Office to Ser- vices for the Aging. Thenumher of seniors who are equestingas- sistance with home delivered meals is in- creasing daily, as well as:the other services thatMCCOAprovides. PAGE 4 Villdge of ,illman approves site plans for a food trailer The council for the Vil- lage of Hillman ap- proved site plans for a food trailer to be located on property on State St. The motion to approve included encouraging the owner of the trailer to hook up to the village sewer system within the next year. PAGE 7 Two Sections THE LAGOONS at the landfill now have fountains in order to increase evaporation. Additional aerators are also being added to the lagoons. S in: Ir/ M Svn r The landfill now has Stall reporter fountains in each of the two storage lagoons onsite, and additional aerators will soon be installed. Lyle VanWormer, chair of the board for the Montmorency-Oscoda-Alpena Solid Waste Management Authority, said the increase in evaporation because of the new features might savg an additional $30,000 in leachate hauling. Doug Baker, operations manager, said the second tank is not always full and does provide somewhat of a safety net regard- ing water storage. Habermehl suggested tallying up what it costs the landfill to have employees spend a day each week moni- toring and pumping out the tanks. VanWormer instructed Baker to com- prise a proposal reflecting what he thinks the needs for the landfill are for the furore. The matter was discussed at the regular In other landfill business: landfill meeting May 24. Sandy Doug Baker was recently promoted to Cunningham, landfill administrator, said operations manager as Steve Wikaryasz she was obtaining price quotes for flow has resigned. meters that could be placed in onsite stor- age tanks that would automatically force the landfill water up to the storage lagoons. "Right now, the guys are putting sticks in them to measure the volumes, and it's just not efficient," Cunningham explained. Cam Habermehl, board member, said consideration should be given to eliminat- ing the storage tanks, which are located within the pipe system, andjmplementing a straight pumping system. "It's like a big swelling in the pipe that's always full anyway," Habermehl said of one of the tanks. Summer weekday hours of operation have been extended two hours to 4 p.m. in order to accommodate haulers. Methane detectors have been pur- chased in order to keep the landfill in com- pliance with the air quality plan. VanWormer said he was gathering in- formation on a used tractor with 399 hours and a newwarrantywith an asking price of $17,500. On the agenda for the next regularmeet- ing is whether to repair or replace a 4- wheeler ATV. 12625 State Street, Atlanta, Michigan 49709 )n of d Yvonne Swoger Gene Thornton, chair of the county Stoffreporter board, said he has authorized the equalization director to pursue an oil and gas company to correct two previous years of false personal property tax reporting. The matter was discussed at the regular county board meeting on May 22. "We might as well collect the money that they owe," Thornton said at the meeting. Kevin Keller, equalization director, explained a bulletin approved last year by the state tax commission spelled out how to value oil and gas property. He said it was agreed that companies would not be held accountable for prior inaccurate reporting if they complied with the bulletin once it was approved. One company in particular, he said, has not been com- plying. Keller said the company continues to submit assessed values for wells at $400 each when he estimates the assessed value of the wells at $100,000 each. Keller said the matter would likely end up in the court of law because a new attorney involved was not knowl- edgeable about the authority of the state tax commis- sion. He has already fried to correct the personal prop- ertyvalues for this year, and will now be pursuing correc- tions for 2011 and 2012. "I say 'press on,'" Thornton told Keller. In other county business: The county treasurer reported the number of prop- erty forfeitures for the county is down 24 this year, and the number of foreclosures is up 10. Approval was given for One official and two county employees to attend a Pontemworkshop in Mt. Pleasant. A motion passed in favor of transferring funds for the law library and law trainingwithin the budget as needed. Northeast Michigan Affordable Housing now has two people in charge, and there are plans of scheduling office hours one day a week at the courthouse. Representatives from Valley United, health insurance provider, gave board members the most updated infor- mation they have on ways to cut down expenses in light of the upcoming increases to health care coverage. ,? According to a press release from the scream. According to the victims and a Michigan State Police Alpena Post, they witness, Grover did not say anything dur- are continuing the investigation into the ing or after the assaults and had what was felonious assault and stabbing of two Alpena residents on May 19, 2013, that ended when the suspect intentionally drove his vehicle into the path of a tractor trailer in Montmorency County and died on impact. The suspect has been identified as Fred Grover, Jr., age 47, of Oscoda, MI. Grover was an acquaintance of the victims and was sp ending the night at the victims' resi- dence when the assault occurred. Shortly after the assault, Grover fled the scene. At present, it is unknown as to why Grover committed the assaults on the vic- described as a "crazed" look about him. Although the injuries to the victims were serious, both were immediately taken into surgery, with their conditions stabilizing. It is now expected that both victims will survive the attacks. The names and identi- fies of the victims are beingwithheld at the request of the victims and their families. At the time of this assault, Grover was also currently under investigation by the Oscoda Township Police Department in Iosco County regarding an allegation that he had sexually assaulted a victim there ort May 18, 2013.Although itwas alleged that tims, and witnesses reported no prior is- sues or problems with him. Based on state- ments of the victims, as well as the crime scene investigation, it appears that Grover attacked the 22-year-old male victim with ay ceremonies Memorial Day ceremonies were held throughout the county over the long holiday weekend. Pictured above, rmember of the Atlanta VFW places a memorial wreath up the waters of the Thunder Bay River Grover had used a knife in that incident to forcibly control the victim, it was deter- mined to be a different knife than the one used in the assaults on May 19. Anyone with information as to why -- ....High of theoWee : akitchenknifeashesleptonacouchinthe Grover may have committed these acts is :: riving room of the Alpena home. Grover requestedtocontacttheMSPAlpenaPost Low of Ire .,%~: Chance of rain and ..... 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